Melbourne to Alice Springs small group tour, 12 days

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Melbourne to Alice Springs small group tour, 12 days

Our 12-day Down South & Outback is an amazing Australian coach tour between Melbourne and Alice Springs. Drive the Great Ocean Road between Melbourne and Adelaide, paint your own boomerang at an Aboriginal cultural centre, visit a Clare Valley winery, tour an opal mine in Coober Pedy, see sunrise at Uluru… make some memories on our amazing Melbourne to Alice Springs Tour!

 

Price

$1995 per person

 

15% Off All Bookings in May & June

The Explore Australia Discount is valid for new bookings deposited between 12 May 2014 to 30 June 2014. Valid for travel until 31 March 2015. Open dated itineraries must be paid in full at the time of booking. The Explore Australia Discount is not combinable with any other discount or promotion unless otherwise stated. Subject to availability. Promo code EXPLOREAUS-15% must be mentioned at time of booking. We reserve the right to withdraw this offer at any time.  

 

Includes:

  • 11 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 6 dinners
  • 9 nights in hotels, lodges and cabins
  • 1 night underground, 1 night in a swag
  • Entrance fees to national parks
  • Escorted services of a fully trained Driver/Guide
  • Sunset and sunrise over Uluru
  • Spectacular Great Ocean Road and Twelve Apostles
  • Stunning Grampians National Park
  • Paint your own boomerang at Brambuk Cultural Centre
  • Hike to MacKenzie Falls
  • Local winery visit in Clare Valley
  • Stay underground in Coober Pedy
  • Visit a kangaroo orphanage
  • 'Valley of the Winds' walk at Kata Tjuta
  • Guided hike of Kings Canyon
  • Experience the remote setting of Parachilna and the famous outback BBQ
  • View the magic of the Flinders Ranges

 

 

Upcoming Departure Dates

Melbourne - Alice Springs: 9th Mar, 6th Apr, 13th Apr, 20th Apr, 4th May, 11th May, 18th May, 1st Jun, 8th Jun, 15th Jun, 29th Jun, 6th Jul, 13th Jul, 27th Jul, 3rd Aug, 10th Aug, 24th Aug, 31st Aug, 7th Sep, 21st Sep, 28th Sep, 5th Oct, 19th Oct, 26th Oct, 2nd Nov, 16th Nov, 23rd Nov, 30th Nov,  14th Dec, 21st Dec, 28th Dec

 

Alice Springs - Melbourne: 15th Mar, 22nd Mar, 14th Apr, 21st Apr, 28th Apr, 12th May, 19th May, 26th May, 9th Jun, 16th Jun, 23rd Jun, 7th Jul, 14th Jul, 21st Jul, 4th Aug, 11th Aug, 18th Aug, 1st Sep, 8th Sep, 15th Sep, 29th Sep, 6th Oct, 13th Oct, 27th Oct, 3rd Nov, 10th Nov, 24th Nov, 1st Dec, 8th Dec, 22nd Dec, 29th Dec

 

 

Melbourne to Alice Springs tour itinerary

Day 1: Melbourne

G’day and welcome to your Outback Adventure with us! Departing Melbourne we first travel through the iconic coast town of Torquay where a number of iconic surf companies were started and home to the worlds longest running surfing competition. We then continue onwards along the scenic roads passing through the town of Lorne and then on to the Kennett River. We’ll take a short walk here to spot Koalas in their natural habitat so have your cameras ready! A series of cliff-top boardwalks allow us to witness the rugged splendour of the famous Twelve Apostles - the magnificent limestone stacks that rise from the Southern Ocean on this rugged coastline. We learn about the shipwreck history that gives Loch Ard Gorge its name as we round out our day. Our home for the night is the friendly town of Port Campbell, nestled amongst the cliffs and pines.

 

Day 2: Halls Gap

Before leaving the Great Ocean Road we’ll explore even more natural wonders of the region including The Arch, London Bridge and the Bay of Martyrs - again, have your camera finger ready! We wave goodbye to the coast and head inland through the farming regions of western Victoria to our next destination, the national heritage listed Grampians National Park. Our visit to the Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre gives us an insight to the great significance the Grampians holds for the Indigenous population. You’ll even get to create a unique memento of your visit in the boomerang painting workshop. Tonight your champion driver/guide will cook up a storm with an authentic Aussie barbeque as the local Kangaroo population look on.

 

Day 3: Adelaide

We pull on the hiking boots today and head to the base of McKenzie Falls, the highest waterfall in the Grampians Range. As we pass through the always stunning rugged beauty on offer we’ll discover an ancient aboriginal rock art site before it’s off to a lookout for one last spectacular 360 degree view of the Northern Grampians. Leaving the mountains behind this afternoon, our journey takes us through the wheat fields of far western Victoria before entering the state of South Australia. We cross the mighty Murray River - the longest river in the country - before arriving in the Festival City of Adelaide. Tonight, head out and see the sights of the capital and enjoy one of the numerous dinner choices on offer*.

 

Day 4: Adelaide

With world class dining and shopping options, not to mention beautiful architecture and parks, today’s free day is your chance to discover exactly why Adelaide’s been crowned one of the world’s most livable cities. Perhaps visit the nearby Barossa Valley, famed for its world class wines. Maybe you’d prefer to catch a tram down to beautiful Glenelg and relax by the beach or even take the ferry to the pristine Kangaroo Island* - the options are endless. Tonight, why not enjoy a bite to eat and enjoy some live music at one of the many local venues.

 

Day 5: Parachilna

It’s an early start this morning as we depart Adelaide and travel to the Barossa Reservoir Whispering Wall, a fascinating accident of design with surprising results. Continuing through the picturesque Clare Valley, we stop for morning tea at Sevenhill Cellars with time to sample the award-winning wines at the oldest winery in the valley. We lunch in the historic town of Melrose then enjoy a walk to stretch out the legs - a little practice for what’s in store tomorrow! End the day with a spectacular sunset across the western plains highlighting the breathtaking Central Flinders Ranges. Relax with a drink this evening at the welcoming Prairie Hotel, our home for the night nestled in one of the smallest towns in Australia, Parachilna.

 

Day 6: Quorn

Today we experience all that the majestic Flinders Ranges have to offer. We spot emu and kangaroo early on while enjoying a scenic drive through Parachilna Gorge, one of Australia’s most attractive and iconic natural landscapes. Upon entering the Flinders Ranges National Park, we take in the views from Stokes Hill Lookout then hike into the natural amphitheatre of Wilpena Pound. After this morning’s exploring you’ll no doubt have worked up an appetite so it’s off to Wilepana Pound Resort for lunch - this is real outback hospitality! This afternoon we immerse ourselves in the history of the area with a hike to the fascinating Aboriginal art site of Arkaroo Rock followed by a visit to Kanyaka Ruins - a modern day reminder of the hardship European settlers endured in this harsh environment. Enjoy a feast in a local pub tonight then settle into this evening’s accommodation in the historic town of Quorn.

 

Day 7: Coober Pedy

Departing the Flinders Ranges early we continue north with Port Augusta, known as the ‘Crossroads of Australia’, today marking the beginning of our true desert adventure. Marvel at the enormous salt lakes and flat, saltbush plains of the Woomera Area where we learn the interesting history of Australia’s military weapons testing before exploring the surface of a salt lake for some excellent photo opportunities. We make a brief stop in the sheep-farming township of Glendambo - with a population of just 30 - before arriving in the Opal mining town of Coober Pedy. Known as the Opal Capital of the World, this afternoon we’ll check out the unique sights of this remarkable underground town - it’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before! It’s off to the multi award winning outback eatery, John’s Pizza Bar, for dinner this evening before our visit to meet some local wildlife and learn about rescued Joey’s at a local Kangaroo Orphanage.

 

Day 8: Alice Springs

Departing Coober Pedy we cross the Moon Plain, where we discover the spectacular scenery used in the filming of many Hollywood movie blockbusters such as ‘Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome’, ‘Pitch Black’ and riotous Australian comedy ‘Priscilla Queen of the Desert’! Passing the Dingo Fence, the longest fence in the world, we take in the awe-inspiring Breakaways Scenic Reserve on route to the real heart of central Australia, Alice Springs. We will pass some very remote roadhouses before crossing the border into the Northern Territory where our resort pool is calling and a very comfy night is guaranteed!

 

Day 9: Uluru

Your Red Centre component begins with a visit to an outback camel farm before arriving at Yulara (the gateway resort to Uluru) for lunch. This afternoon you will marvel at the natural wonder that is Uluru (Ayres Rock) as we enjoy an informative walk around a section of its base. You will then get an insight to the local Aboriginal culture from your guide before watching in awe as the desert sunset, as if by magic, changes the colour of Uluru right before your eyes. With a glass of bubbles in hand and new mates to chat with – this is sure to make the best cover photo ever! After such a jam-packed first day on our NT travels it is time for a filling feast and maybe even a ‘coldie’ at the local bar.

 

Day 10: Uluru

It’s an early start today as we make our way back to the natural wonder and famous Australian Icon that is Ayres Rock to witness a magical Uluru sunrise - we challenge you to find a more stunning way to start the day! The morning allows time for a full base walk of the rock or perhaps the view from a Harley Ride* or Scenic Flight* is more your style. After we break for lunch back in the village, there’s an opportunity to wander through the local Aboriginal Art markets. You may even choose to try your hand at a dot painting class* to create that perfect take home souvenir. This afternoon take in a performance from the Cultural Dance group for an authentic insight into this important part of Aboriginal culture. Grab a bite to eat from a choice of menus on offer in the Resort. Out here in the Red Centre is the perfect place for a little star gazing! Once the night sky is upon us you can venture not too far from your room to experience the glory on offer peeping into the far outer layers of the Southern night sky. Crank your neck back and check out what is all on display right above your head, finding some famous star formations and you may even spot some of the nearby planets; some are visible with the naked eye.

 

Day 11: Kings Canyon

After a hearty breakfast, we spend a few hours back in the National Park this time bound for Kata-Tjuta (The Olgas). Here we explore the magnificent and very different features of this ancient geological formation on a hike through the “Valley of the Winds”. Take some time out with lunch before we make our journey across the dessert plains and into the Watarrka National Park, the home of the mighty Kings Canyon. Afterwards, an evening dinner under the stars and around the campfire with some special treats is the perfect way to end the day. Bed down tonight in a great Aussie Swag and drift off to sleep, and perhaps even spot a shooting star or that favourite constellation you found last night! Rest up, for the morning hike into the magic Kings Canyon is certainly worth the effort.

 

Day 12: Alice Springs

We start today by exploring the spectacular landscape that is Kings Canyon - this will certainly be a highlight of your central Australia adventure. The Rim Walk skirts the edge of the canyon, allowing you to peer over into the sandstone gorge below. Also we come across age-old cycads, a mini version of the Bungle Bungles of eroded dome shapes and an oasis as we reach the Garden of Eden, which has the all important shade, a permanent waterhole. Up some more stairs and across to the south edge, views taking in the breathtaking North Walls and the many sandstone colours are on offer. You will soon discover exactly why Kings Canyon is a favourite among our guides! We call back in to the Kings Creek Station for a lunch with a chance to grab some lunch (maybe even try a Camel Burger) before tracking our afternoon drive, returning to the central Australian metropolis of Alice Springs. We hope you have enjoyed the past 20 Days travelling with us and we look forward to seeing you on one of our great trips again soon. If you are looking to travel further afield Down Under, we also have trips on offer throughout South Australia & Victoria, and then even across the Tasman in New Zealand!

 

 

Alice Springs to Melbourne tour itinerary

Day 1: Uluru

G’day and welcome to your Aussie adventure! Your trip kicks off with a visit to an outback camel farm before arriving into Yulara (the gateway resort to Uluru) for lunch. This afternoon you will marvel at the natural wonder that is Uluru (Ayres Rock) as we enjoy an informative walk around a section of its base. You will then get an insight to the local Aboriginal culture from your guide before watching in awe as the desert sunset, as if by magic, changes the colour of Uluru right before your eyes. With a glass of bubbles in hand and new mates to chat with - this is sure to make the best cover photo ever! After such a jam-packed first day on our NT travels it is time for a filling feast and maybe even a ‘coldie’ at the local bar.

 

Day 2: Uluru

It’s an early start today as we make our way back to the natural wonder and famous Australian Icon that is Ayres Rock to witness a magical Uluru sunrise - we challenge you to find a more stunning way to start the day! The morning allows time for a full base walk of the rock or perhaps the view from a Harley Ride* or Scenic Flight* is more your style. After we break for lunch back in the village, there’s an opportunity to wander through the local Aboriginal Art markets. You may even choose to try your hand at a dot painting class* to create that perfect take home souvenir. This afternoon take in a performance from the Cultural Dance group for an authentic insight into this important part of Aboriginal culture. Grab a bite to eat from a choice of menus on offer in the Resort. Out here in the Red Centre is the perfect place for a little star gazing! Once the night sky is upon us you can venture not too far from your room to experience the glory on offer peeping into the far outer layers of the Southern night sky. Crank your neck back and check out what is all on display right above your head, finding some famous star formations and you may even spot some of the nearby planets; some are visible with the naked eye.

 

Day 3: Kings Canyon

After a hearty breakfast, we spend a few hours back in the National Park this time bound for Kata-Tjuta (The Olgas). Here we explore the magnificent and very different features of this ancient geological formation on a hike through the “Valley of the Winds”. Take some time out with lunch before we make our journey across the dessert plains and into the Watarrka National Park, the home of the mighty Kings Canyon. Afterwards, an evening dinner under the stars and around the campfire with some special treats is the perfect way to end the day. Bed down tonight in a great Aussie Swag and drift off to sleep, and perhaps even spot a shooting star or that favourite constellation you found last night! Rest up, for the morning hike into the magic Kings Canyon is certainly worth the effort.

 

Day 4: Alice Springs

We start today by exploring the spectacular landscape that is Kings Canyon – this will certainly be a highlight of your central Australia adventure. The Rim Walk skirts the edge of the canyon, allowing you to peer over into the sandstone gorge below. Also we come across age-old cycads, a mini version of the Bungle Bungles of eroded dome shapes and an oasis as we reach the Garden of Eden, which has the all important shade, a permanent waterhole. Up some more stairs and across to the south edge, views taking in the breathtaking North Walls and the many sandstone colours are on offer. You will soon discover exactly why Kings Canyon is a favourite among guides! We call back in to the Kings Creek Station for a lunch with a chance to grab some lunch (maybe even try a Camel Burger) before tracking our afternoon drive, returning to the central Australian metropolis of Alice Springs.

 

Day 5: Alice Springs

This morning we cross the border into South Australia leaving the Red Centre behind and travel across the vast outback plains - destination Coober Pedy. On the way we'll stop to take in the awe-inspiring Breakaways Scenic Reserve as we discover the spectacular scenery used in the filming of many Hollywood movie blockbusters such as 'Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome', 'Pitch Black' and riotous Australian comedy 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert'! This region is rightly known as the Opal Capital of the World, we discover this remarkable underground place as we take you on a town tour and visit an underground house to see how locals survive living in the harsh desert environment of Coober Pedy followed by a tour of the Umoona Opal Mine to learn more about the discovery and mining of precious opal, Australia's National Gemstone. It's off to the multi award winning outback eatery, John's Pizza Bar, for dinner this evening before our visit to meet some local wildlife and learn about rescued Joey's at a local Kangaroo Orphanage. You will be sure to have a good nights' sleep in the underground bunkhouse.

 

Day 6: Quorn

Heading Southbound we make a brief stop in the sheep-farming township of Glendambo - population 30. Marvel at the enormous salt lakes and flat, saltbush plains of the Woomera Area where we learn about Australia’s military weapons testing then explore the surface of a salt lake for some excellent photos. Travelling through Port Augusta we turn East leaving the Stuart Highway and through the Pichi Richi Pass destined for the Southern Flinders Ranges widely considered one of the most attractive natural landscapes in Australia; the Ranges combine adventure, spirituality and tranquillity. Later we check in at our accommodation before we relax over a friendly Aussie Pub dinner maybe even share a drink with the locals.

 

Day 7: Parachilna

On our way towards the National Park this morning, we immerse ourselves in the fascinating history of the area with a walk to Arkaroo Rock (Aboriginal Art) and a visit to Kanyaka Ruins (European settlement). We enter into the National Park, a place where majestic scenery meets tranquil vibes. The group will take a hike through the Flinders Ranges, one of Australia’s most stately and imposing landscapes. Take in the natural amphitheatre of Wilpena Pound, set amongst an ancient crater formed millions of years ago, or just soak up the stillness. After lunch at Wilpena Pound Resort we are on the look out for emu and kangaroo while enjoying a scenic drive through Parachilna Gorge, one of Australia’s most attractive and iconic natural landscapes. Taking in the views from Stokes Hill Lookout then end the day with a spectacular sunset across the South Australia’s western plains highlighting the breathtaking Central Flinders Ranges! Enjoy drinks and a very special wild outback feast in the unique Prairie Hotel before our overnight stay in one of the smallest towns in Australia, Parachilna.

 

Day 8: Adelaide

Our journey commences with an early start as the Festival City of Adelaide awaits! We stop along the way to take a walk then lunch in the historic town of Melrose. Travelling through the picturesque Clare Valley, we stop for afternoon tea at Sevenhill Cellars with time to sample the award-winning wines at the oldest winery in the valley. Our day rounds out with a visit to the Barossa Reservoir Whispering Wall, a fascinating accident of design with surprising results. Tonight enjoy live music at one of the many local venues.

 

Day 9: Adelaide

With world class dining and shopping options, not to mention beautiful architecture and parks, today’s free day is your chance to discover exactly why Adelaide’s been crowned one of the world’s most livable cities. Perhaps visit the nearby Barossa Valley, famed for its world class wines. Maybe you’d prefer to catch a tram down to beautiful Glenelg and relax by the beach or even take the ferry to the pristine Kangaroo Island* - the options are endless. Tonight, why not enjoy a bite to eat and enjoy some live music at one of the many local venues.

 

Day 10: Halls Gap

The morning will see us traverse the nearby hills then cross the famed mighty Murray River, before travelling through to the Victorian Border. Then we'll travel to the Grampians National Park and a place of great significance for the Indigenous population. Pass through the rugged beauty and discover truly spectacular views from the top after a good hike to one of the peaks.

 

Day 11: Port Campbell

This morning we have a visit to the Brambuk Aboriginal Culture Centre and learn more of the ancient Dreamtime stories. Your creative skills will be assessed as we create personalised souvenirs to take home. Passing through Halls Gap, we head south to the Great Ocean Road where we'll take time to explore several natural landscapes including The Arch, London Bridge and the Bay of Martyrs, these are sure to be a great addition to the photo albums. We'll finish up at the friendly town of Port Campbell, nestled amongst the cliffs and pines.

 

Day 12: Melbourne

This morning brings us to the magnificent Twelve Apostles rock formation, as well as the beautiful Loch Ard Gorge. Back down to the seaside for lunch as we pass through the coastal towns of Apollo Bay and Lorne. The tail end of the majestic Great Ocean Road will bring us towards famed surf location Bells Beach, then direct into Melbourne navigating the city streets with the famous trams and to our accommodation. We hope you have enjoyed the past 19 Days travelling with us and we look forward to seeing you on one of our great trips again soon. If you are looking to travel further afield Down Under, We also have trips on offer throughout the famous East Coast and even across the Tasman in New Zealand!